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列王紀下 2 Kings
1約阿士即位時,纔七歲;1Joash was seven years old when he began his reign.
2他在耶胡第七年即位為王,在耶路撒冷作王凡四十年。他的母親名叫漆彼雅,是貝爾舍巴人。2It was then the seventh year of Jehu, and he reigned for forty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
3約阿士在司祭約雅達教導他期間,行了上主視為正義的事,3Joash did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh as long as the priest Jehoiada guided him.
4只是沒有廢除高丘,人民仍在高丘上焚香獻祭。4But he did not demolish the sanctuaries on the hillsides where people continued offering sacrifices and burning incense.
5約阿士對司祭們說:「凡人向上主的殿繳納作獻儀的錢,不論是人丁贖金,或樂意捐獻於上主殿中的錢,5Joash said to the priest, "All the money from the sacred contributions which the people bring to offer in the House of Yahweh, the money in cash, that which is offered as personal assessment, and that which is freely and voluntarily given in the House of Yahweh -
6司祭們都可以接收,每人也可向相識的人去勸捐;但司祭們應該修理聖殿需要修理的破壞之處。」6all these you can receive. Let each one receive from the hand of those to whom he attends, but you are to repair the House of Yahweh, when anything needs to be repaired."
7但是,直到約阿士王第二十三年,司祭尚未修理聖殿的破壞之處。7By the twenty-third year of the reign of Joash, the priests had not yet carried out the repairs needed in the House of Yahweh.
8於是約阿士王將約雅達大司祭和其他司祭召來,問他們說:「你們為什麼不修理聖殿破壞之處?現在你們不要再向相識的人收錢了;應把所有的錢交出,用來修理聖殿的破壞之處。」8So the king summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests with him, and said to them, "Why have you not carried out the repairs of the House yet? From now on, you will no longer keep any money during your service, but shall set it aside for the repair of the House."
9司祭們就同意不再向人民收錢,也不再負責修理聖殿的破壞之處。9The priests agreed that henceforth, they would not accept money from the people and would not be in charge of the repair of the House.
10司祭約雅達於是拿來一個箱子,箱子上面開了一個口,安放在祭壇旁邊,即在上主聖殿入口的右邊,守門的司祭將所有獻於上主聖殿的銀錢,放入箱內。10So Jehoiada, the priest, had a box made with a hole in the cover. He placed this by the altar, to the right side of those entering the House of Yahweh, and the priests who were at the gates put in it all the money offered in the House of Yahweh.
11幾時看見箱內的錢夠多了,君王的秘書和大司祭就上來,把錢倒出,數點上主殿內所有的銀錢。11Whenever they saw that the box was full, a secretary of the king would come, and together with the high priest, they would take and count the money.
12他們將秤好了的錢,交給上主殿內監工的管理員,由他們發給在上主殿內工作的木匠和建築工人,12Then they would turn the amount over into the hands of those responsible for the work of the House, who would, in turn, pay with this money the carpenters and bricklayers doing the repairs.
13泥水匠和石匠,或購買木料和鑿刻好的石頭,用來修補上主殿內的破壞之處;總之,用來作為修理聖殿的費用。13From this amount, they also bought the stones, wood and everything necessary for the repair of the House of Yahweh.
14進獻於上主殿內的銀錢,並沒有用來製造上主殿內的銀盆、燭剪、盤子、號筒,或任何金銀器皿,14But of this money given for the House of Yahweh, they did not make any silver cups, or cutting tools, or water jars, or trumpets, or any golden or silver objects,
15只是將銀錢交給工作人員,用來修理上主的殿。15but all the money was used to pay those who were repairing the House of Yahweh.
16也並不需要向那些經手收錢付給工人的人算賬,因為他們作事忠信可靠。16Accounts were not asked from those responsible for paying the laborers, since they acted with great honor.
17至於獻作贖過祭和贖罪祭的錢,不歸於上主的殿,全歸於司祭。17Only the money offered for the expiation of sins was for the priests.
18那時,阿蘭王哈匝耳上來攻打加特,也攻下了,準備進攻耶路撒冷。18At that time Hazael, king of Aram, went up to fight against Gath. He captured it and was heading for Jerusalem.
19猶大王約阿士就將他祖先猶大王約沙法特、約蘭和阿哈齊雅所奉獻的聖物,同他自己奉獻的聖物,以及上主聖殿和王宮的府庫內貯藏的金子,全部取出來,送給了阿蘭王哈匝耳;哈匝耳就離開了耶路撒冷。19So Joash, king of Judah, took all the precious things that his fathers, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram and Ahaziah, kings of Judah, had consecrated, with all that he himself had consecrated, and all the gold he could find in the treasury of the House of Yahweh and in those of the king's house. Then he sent them to Hazael, king of Aram, who left Jerusalem with them.
20約阿士其餘的事蹟,他行的一切,都記載在猶大列王實錄上。20Now the rest regarding Joash and all that he did is written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
21約阿士的臣僕起來結黨謀反,在約阿士下到米羅宮時,將他殺死;21Some of his officials plotted a conspiracy against him, and they killed him in Beth-Millo, as he was going to Silla.
22殺他的是他的臣僕史默阿特的兒子約匝加爾和芍默爾的兒子約匝巴得。他死後,人將他葬在達味城,與祖先埋在一起;他的兒子阿瑪責雅繼位為王。22Jozacar, son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad, son of Shomer, struck him down, and he died. He was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and his son Amaziah reigned in his place.
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